February 14, 2021
"I have always said, I’d rather run the hardest race right away than pick my way through it. I’ve always kinda liked to run those gauntlets and kind of find myself in the harder heats if possible.”
By Sieg Lindstrom, Track & Field News
“I wake up every morning and remind myself: ‘I don’t have...
August 04, 2020
Featuring a Rio Olympian, four USA Road Mile champions and four race champions, the virtual elite field hopes to inspire and motivate other race participants with their virtual Mile races
PITTSBURGH – Even though the make-up of the race is different this year, the 2020 Fleet Feet...
July 11, 2018
I can't wait to return to the Liberty Mile! From the course to the crowd, the event management team and sponsors to my competitors, it is always one of the highlights of my racing season. Pittsburgh is a great place to run.
Rio Olympian Ben Blankenship is a current co-world record...
July 05, 2018
Friday, July 20 night time Mile race in The City of Champions offers a $30,000 prize purse; third stop on the BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2018
PITTSBURGH – Defending champion Ben Blankenship and top U.S. Miler Amanda Eccleston headline a deep field of professional runners at this year’s GNC...
May 11, 2018
Kenyans Elijah Manangoi & Timothy Cheruiyot headline field plus three fastest Milers in Pre history, topped by two-time Bowerman Mile winner Ayanleh Souleiman – whose meet record of 3:47.32 is the fastest ever on U.S. soil.
EUGENE, Ore. – The world’s top two current Milers will bring their...
February 04, 2018
First-time champions at historic indoor race hold off challengers to claim trophies
By Athletics Weekly
Chris O’Hare won the prestigious Wanamaker Mile at the 111th NYRR Millrose Games, becoming the first British man since John Whetton in 1965 to claim victory in the race.
December 07, 2017
It’s rare to root for someone as they’re actively beating you, although this was a special occasion.
By Kyle Merber for Tracksmith
In late May, Trevor Dunbar texted me. A week later and we were sitting for lunch in Concord, Massachusetts ahead of the Adrian Martinez Classic. My ears were open...
October 01, 2017
Grand prix tour with 5 stops awarded more than $100,000 plus $10,000 #Tour2017 GP purse; Clayton Murphy & Emily Lipari earn Tour Performance-of-the-Year bonus; Running Warehouse’s “Pick-the-Winner” online contest at every stop for fourth edition
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – At the Bring Back the...
September 28, 2017
Top field expected including Rio Olympian Ben Blankenship; third edition offers a $15,000 Open prize purse; a benefit for the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps and Navy Safe Harbor Foundation
From The Navy Mile
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The 3rd Navy Mile on Pennsylvania Avenue presented by USAA, set for...
September 16, 2017
Racing in cold and rainy conditions in Kodiak yields third sub-4 in 4 days
By Alaska Dispatch News
The Great Alaska Miles Series wrapped up Saturday in Kodiak, where 2016 Rio Olympic runner Ben Blankenship ran the fastest Mile recorded in Alaska.
Blankenship, of Eugene, Oregon, topped a...
September 15, 2017
"I always want to finish a race knowing I worked as hard as I could. That I did everything I could, and I couldn't have done any better."
By Doyle Woody, Alaska Disptach News
Ben Blankenship is a 2016 Rio Olympian and a national champion Miler, a Nike-sponsored athlete who competes in Diamond...
September 10, 2017
Overall, a record 19 men clock sub-4 and 6 women sub-4:20 in same race; at 37th edition in 23 heats, record-number 7,664 finishers, world’s largest Mile!
NEW YORK – The USA’s Jenny Simpson raced to her record-extending sixth win – matching the event record time of 4:16.6 in the...
September 07, 2017
Kampf captures women's race also in blanket finish; 4th stop on the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2017; finale on Sunday, October 1 at The Navy Mile in Washington, DC
By Louie St. George, Duluth News-Tribune
Just before he arrived back in the United States last week from the IAAF World...
September 06, 2017
Top field, including event record holder and Rio Olympian Ben Blankenship, expected at 4th stop on the BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2017; 11th edition features new course, evening race and $17,000 in Open prize money
From host Grandma's Marathon
DULUTH, Minn. – A premier class of Mile runners are...
July 28, 2017
Overcast skies and the threat of a downpour fueled athletes to run faster and stronger; sixth edition offered $30,000 prize purse presented by GNC; third stop on BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2017
PITTSBURGH – (July 28, 2017) – At the 6th GNC Live Well Liberty Mile on Friday evening, runners...
July 25, 2017
Sixth edition attracts nine sub-4 minute men’s Milers and eight sub-4:30 minute women’s Milers for Friday evening, July 28 downtown event; $30,000 prize purse presented by GNC Live Well; 3rd stop on Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2017
PITTSBURGH - The 6th GNC Live Well Liberty...
July 13, 2017
6th edition in downtown Pittsburgh offers $30,000 prize purse presented by GNC Live Well; third stop on BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2017
PITTSBURGH - Defending GNC Live Well Liberty Mile champions Heather Kampf and Ben Blankenship will return to the City of Champions to defend their titles...
May 11, 2017
At 12th edition, more than 2,000 run in downtown Minneapolis; second stop on the BBTM Grand Prix #Tour2017
From Twin Cities In Motion
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Stillwater native Ben Blankenship and Emily Lipari of Brighton, Mass. won the professional races at the 12th running of the Medtronic TC 1...
May 10, 2017
U.S. Olympian returns to his native state to defend his Medtronic TC 1 Mile title against two-time Olympic medalist Nick Willis and a field of top contenders at the second stop of the BBTM Grand Prix #Tour2017.
By Bring Back the Mile
American Mile star and Olympian Ben Blankenship has been on...
May 05, 2017
12th event edition second stop on the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2017; Minneapolis riverfront course to host more than 2,500 runners on Thursday, May 11
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Medtronic TC 1 Mile record holder Ben Blankenship, a 2016 Olympian from Stillwater, Minnesota, and the man whose...
October 02, 2016
Grand prix tour with 6 stops awarded more than $125,000 plus $10,000 GP purse; Tour Performance-of-the-Year by Ben Blankenship & Emily Lipari; Running Warehouse’s “Pick-the-Winner” contest engaged Mile fans at every event for third edition
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – (October 2, 2016) – At the ...
September 17, 2016
Fifth edition awards an event record $30,000 prize purse; Kampf, Queen of the Road Mile, secures at least a tie for third straight Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour title at fifth stop in the Steel City; Tour 2016 finale hosted by The Navy Mile on Sunday, October 2 in Washington, DC
September 13, 2016
Eleven sub-4 minute men and eight sub-4:30 minute women expected in Steel City on Saturday, Sept. 17; $30,000 prize purse presented by GNC Live Well; fifth stop on Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2016
PITTSBURGH – This year’s increased prize purse of $30,000 has attracted some of...
July 18, 2016
“Tried not to think about it, but really every step of the way I thought OK, Leo’s going to out-lean me again… this won’t be fun, but I got it."
By Stuart Groskreutz, Stillwater Gazette
A third-place finish has never felt like more of a victory for Ben Blankenship.
The 2007 Stillwater Area...
July 11, 2016
Women's 1500m top 3 strongest in U.S. Olympic team history; Blankenship, Andrews and Martinez celebrate first Olympic berths; Centrowitz breaks Steve Scott's Olympic Trials meet record.
By Chris Chavez, Sports Illustrated
Less than half a second separated the third and fourth place finishers...
May 12, 2016
Heather Kampf wins 4th USATF 1 Mile Road title; second stop on BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2016
By Charlie Mahler, Twin Cities In Motion
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Ben Blankenship broke the event record at the 11th Medtronic TC 1 Mile with a runaway 3:55.8 victory to claim his first USATF 1 Mile Road...
May 10, 2016
Pro fields set for USATF 1 Mile Road Championships and second stop on the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour; $25,000 prize purse with $10,000 for event record
From Twin Cities In Motion
The Medtronic TC 1 Mile, which already enjoyed a rich Minnesota flavor with a pair of locally grown...
October 03, 2015
Blankenship had a heartbreaking fourth place finish at the 2015 USA Outdoor Chamionships missing the World's team by 0.02 seconds. Now he is looking towards 2016 in Rio.
Carrie Tollefson interviews professional runner and fellow Minnesota native Ben Blankenship. They chat...
July 01, 2015
Hirsute Miler finished heartbreaking fourth at USA Outdoor Championships.
By Lindsay Rossmiller, Runner's World
At the beginning of May, after helping a U.S. team set the world record in the distance medley relay, Ben Blankenship said, “Nothing that I do in the next six or seven weeks will...
June 24, 2015
Rising U.S. Mile star Ben Blankenship has cultivated a rather unique look and has a distinctive personality to match. Here’s our special guide to being Blankenship.
Grow your hair
Ben Blankenship had long hair throughout his high school years until one day, in his sophomore year...
May 21, 2015
"You gotta be tough. Every time you get out there it’s always hard. There are no real free rides in this sport."
By Jonathan Gault, LetsRun.com
Three years ago, Ben Blankenship was injured and working in excavation with a friend in Colorado. The NCAA runner-up in the 3000m at Minnesota the...
November 09, 2014
Record setting day in Wichita; U.S. Mile record holder Alan Webb honorary starter
WICHITA, Kan. – At the Kansas Road Mile Championship presented by the Kansas Spine & Specialty Hospital and GoRun Wichita, Ben Blankenship and Kristen Findley won the inaugural overall titles in 4:05 and 4:50,...
November 06, 2014
Americans Ben Blankenship, Frezer Legesse & Kristen Findley and 2009 World 1500m champion Yusuf Kamel expected in Wichita on Sunday, November 9
WICHITA, Kan. – The inaugural Kansas Road Mile Championship has drawn a top field including 2009 World 1500m champion Yusuf Kamel of Bahrain and top...
September 11, 2014
Minnesota native returning from broken toe to race against the best Milers in the Big Apple
By Jim Ferstle, DownTheBackstretch.com
Two days before this summer's Prefontaine Classic meet, Ben Blankenship broke his toe. The good news: it was a "clean" break, says Blankenship, and it healed...
September 08, 2013
Race champions clock the fastest Mile performances ever on Minnesota soil; eight men go sub-4 minutes; 7th edition ends inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour 2013
By Bob Gustafson
DULUTH, Minn. – It was a day for records at Sunday’s seventh Minnesota Mile road race in downtown Duluth.
August 23, 2013
Blankenship, Kampf capture road Mile titles at 13th stop of inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour 2013
By Ross Maghielse, MLive.com
FLINT, Mich. -- A pair of former University of Minnesota track stars took home top honors at the first-ever Crim Michigan Mile Racing Series Friday evening, Aug....
August 10, 2013
Ten U.S. men go sub-4 minutes; 12th stop on the nationwide inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour 2013
By Chris Lotsbom, Race Results Weekly
FALMOUTH, Mass. -- The 2013 Falmouth Mile proved exciting once again here at Falmouth High School on Cape Cod. Americans Ben Blankenship (3:56.27) and Katie...
December 07, 2012
By Down the Backstretch
When Ben Blankenship, who has clocked a 3:54 Mile, looks out the window of the "house on the hill" in Eugene, that he shares with Hassan Mead, he sees "the cathedral," Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. It has become one of the training sites Blankenship will...